Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Long Kiss Goodnight

I saw this movie years ago, and didn't remember much about it, except for one of the funniest moments I've seen on film.  OK, maybe it was funnier in my memory than it actually is, now that I've seen it again, but it's still very amusing.  About 30 minutes into the film, we meet Dr. Waldman, who's having dinner and watching television with his elderly wife.  She is holding a puffy little lap dog, who is licking his own bottom.  Dr. Waldman has had enough:
Dr. Waldman: Alice, please. Your dog, Alice. It and my appetite are mutually exclusive.
Mrs. Waldman: Well, what's wrong with the dog?
Dr. Waldman: Simple. He's been licking his a--hole for the last three straight hours. I submit to you that there is nothing there worth more than an hour's attention. I should think that whatever he is attempting to dislodge is either gone for good, or there to stay. Wouldn't you agree?

Through the wonders of the internet, you, too can view this great moment in film history:

Aside from this little interlude, there's some great action, and not a bad story, either.  I love Samuel Jackson and Geena Davis; they make a great team in this movie.  Davis is a suburban mom who has amnesia; she can't remember anything before the last few years.  Jackson is a small-time private eye whom Davis has hired to discover her original identity.  Turns out she is actually a trained assassin working for some shady elements of the federal goverment.  And it turns out that those elements want her dead!  So the adventure begins!

The descriptions on the little ratings box sometimes make me laugh.  This one is apt, if a little overstated: "A substantial amount of strong bloody violence, and for strong language."

If you are a fan at all of a good action movie, this one is definitely recommended.  Bottom line, 3 stars.

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